BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Friday kicked off a round of challenges leading up to the Army Navy game. Tracey Leong reports on who came out on top.

The Cadets and Midshipmen displayed their skills during the patriot games’ two day challenge. It’s an annual tradition that brings family and friends together to cheer on their armed forces.

The Army and Navy showed what they’re made of during the annual patriot games.

From the zodiac carry race to the tug of war at the Inner Harbor, the students strength and endurance is tested in a somewhat friendly competition.

“We do like to beat Army as much as possible,” Naval Academy’s Midshipman Cassidy Chaney said.

“While they are out sitting in boats, we are out in the fields working out,” U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Tyree Meadows said.

While the cadets and midshipmen may be rivals during the challenges, they say off the field they stand united.

“We are united in a common goal, but when it comes down to the academy life it’s us verse that,” Cadet Meadows said.

“We divided in our school and competitions but at the end of the day we are going to be fighting for each other and along side each other,” Midshipman Chaney said. “I think that’s huge to remember we are on the same team.”

These men and women inspire fans of all ages.

“I want to be in the Navy when I get older,” high school student, Jeoynetta Morris said.

Thousands are flocking to Baltimore to watch America’s teams.

“This is about supporting them and supporting our country,” father of a Navy student, John Dimmer said.

The Army won three of the four challenges on Friday. The final challenge is an obstacle relay. It will be conducted at the stadium on Saturday, where the trophy will also be presented.

Be sure to tune into WJZ for the game on Saturday. Coverage begins at 12 p.m.

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